pain

Inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache severity by 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6%, a recent study from Washington State University found. “We were motivated to do this study because a substantial number of people say they use cannabis for headache and migraine, but surprisingly few studies had addressed the topic,” said Carrie Cuttler, the lead… Read more

  We all experience pain, yet there is no objective way to measure it. The best we can do is to ask what it feels like on a 10-point pain scale. But one person’s pain can be another’s slight discomfort. “It’s really subjective. What we really need are biomarkers that allow us to understand the… Read more

Inside a stuffy, overcrowded, and overheated room, a group of 40 people are dancing, sweating and breathing heavily, moaning and crying. They have been dancing nonstop for the better part of three days, carrying heavy icons of their saints. Occasionally they collapse on the floor, only to resume dancing after regaining their senses. At the… Read more

An analysis of insurance claims data found 60% of privately insured children undergoing tonsil removal received opioids, with the average prescription lasting from six to 10 days. “Our findings suggest that it may be possible to reduce opioid exposure among children who undergo this common surgery without increasing the risk of complications,” says lead author… Read more

A newly-discovered biological mechanism could explain heightened somatic awareness, in which people experience pain that has no physiological explanation. Patients with heightened somatic awareness often experience unexplained symptoms — headaches, sore joints, nausea, constipation, or itchy skin — that cause emotional distress, and are twice as likely to develop chronic pain. The condition, associated with… Read more